Do I have to pay alimony?

I’ve been married for 30 years and my income is a disability. My ex works and always paid

the bills. Now I’ve been out of the house for a year and want to get a divorce. Will I have to

pay her alimony? I’m not interested in getting any alimony from her.

Asked on May 8, 2016 under Family Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Every situation is different, so we cannot say precisely, but as a general rule, the spouse who has the lesser income does not pay alimony to the one who has the greater income. So if your ex currently works, and historically, she earned as much or more than you (as your question implies), you would not have to pay her alimony.


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